Dec 18, 2012 7:00pm PST
kidnapped five days ago in syria, but there's good news. they are free tonight. abc's richard engel and his crew were traveling with a group of syrian rebels when gunman sympathetic to the syrian government attacked them. now they are free. earlier richard engel spoke to the turkish media. >> the last five days were very difficult. we're very happy to be out. we're very happy to be back in turkey. we love being here. we love this country. we appreciate all the help. the last five days are some days that we would hear forget. if you can understand, we just came out now. we haven't even left yet. we're very tired. so we'll probably be talking more in the coming days. thank you for being here. thanks to everyone. we're really happy. >> greta: engle and his crew were not hurt physically during the ordeal, but they were mentally tortured and explained the traumatic teens on "the today show." >> a group of gunmen literally jumped out of the trees and bushes on the side of the road. there were probably 15 gunmen. they were wearing ski masks. they were heavily armed. they dragged us out of the car.
Dec 18, 2012 11:00pm EST
of psychological torture, richard engel described the kidnapping he, producer and photographer endured in syria. forces ambushed the group last thursday across the border with turkey. the crew escaped in a fire fight between captors and syrian rebels. >> they kept us blindfolded, bound, threats of being killed. they made us choose which one of us would be shot first. the kidnappers saw this checkpoint. started -- a gunfight with it. two of the -- two of the kidnappers were killed. we climbed out of the vehicle. and, the rebels took us. >>> engel believes kidnappers were loyal to syrian president, bashar al-assad. >>> late senator daniel inouye, is receiving an honor, his body will lie in state inside the capitol rotunda, something often reserved for presidents. the senator died yesterday of respiratory complications and he was 88. he was hawaii's senator for half a century and second longest serving member of the senate. the senator was also a world war ii hero, resip ynt cipient of t of honor. >> suspected serial slasher is back in the county. accused of attacking nine women at shopping malls
Dec 19, 2012 8:00am PST
richard engel and his production team were seized by kidnappers last week, subjected to mark executions before ultimately being freed after their kidnappers lost a firefight at a rebel-controlled checkpoint. he described the ordeal. >> we were with some rebels who were escorting us. they executed one of them on the spot. they took us to a series of safe houses and interrogation places and kept us blindfolded, abound. we were not physically beaten or tortured. a lot of psychological torture. threats of being killed. they made us choose which one of us would be shot first. when we refused, there were mock shootings. >> there are least seven other journalists missing in syria. those are some of the headlines. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman with nermeen shaikh. >> welcome to all our listeners and viewers from around the country and around the world. five days after the shooting in newtown, connecticut, that took the lives of 20 children and six staff members, funerals for the victims continue. on tuesday, two more students killed in the